Brilliant or Insane presents great books for teachers, school leaders, parents, and students. Our books are written by internationally-recognized teachers, authors, and presenters, most of whom partner with B or I and Hack Learning in some way.
Brilliant or Insane and Hack Learning publisher Mark Barnes’ new book on revolutionizing how we assess learning debuted #1 on Amazon and is consistently ranked near the top in Assessment and Pedagogy.
Assessment 3.0 explains how to give students a voice in the assessment process and how to eliminate number and letter grades, even while working in a school that demands grades. This book helps teachers create an amazing culture of learning in any classroom.
“Mark Barnes is a leader and revolutionary voice in the movement to rid our educational system of an outdated assessment model. In Assessment 3.0, he delivers a persuasive pitch that current grading practices are both poor reflections of learning and damaging to students. Not only does he clearly define the problem, he offers a powerful solution with his SE2R model and delivers a blueprint for implementation that can transform classrooms and schools.
— Dave Burgess, Educator, Author of the New York Times bestseller Teach Like a Pirate
A five-minute teacher delivers quick, thought-provoking lessons that send students clamoring to find meaning on their own, with the help of peers, and using the concepts and tools the teacher has provided in just a few minutes to create a wondrous, student-centered classroom. Learn how to be a 5-Minute Teacher today.
“In this crazed age of excessive testing in schools, every teacher wants to maximize their teaching time, and what better way to accomplish this than using 5-minute gems.”
— Candace L. Hill
Learn how your students can take charge of their own achievement in an enjoyable, project-based, workshop setting that challenges them with real-world learning scenarios and helps them attain uncommonly excellent results.
A “2013 Best Professional Book”
— Teacher Librarian
“This is a brutally honest account of Barnes’s mistakes and successes as a teacher, and a helpful guide for new and veteran educators seeking to excite students about learning and mastering 21st-century skills.”
Has a colleague done something extraordinary that has gone unnoticed? What if you shared this with your staff? Might it bring joy to your colleague’s life? This is just one of 52 ways to bring joy to your school or workplace.
In The Teach Kindness Project, by Brilliant or Insane senior writer Angela Stockman, a Hack Learning mobile app exclusive, you learn how to build a culture of kindness with these practical, insightful steps that anyone can begin using immediately.
Put the Teach Kindness Project in your hands today.
Accustomed to constantly-evolving mobile technology, our students crave more than paper and pencil can provide. Veteran teacher, renowned author, and tech expert Mark Barnes shows how educators can use mobile devices and social media to create a win-win for teaching and learning.
“Any educator can’t go wrong by reading anything Mark Barnes writes! I’m a big fan of his books and what he shares online.”
— Larry Ferlazzo, award-winning Teacher and author
Angela Watson has written many amazing books for teachers, and Unshakeable doesn’t disappoint. Best of all, Unshakeable is available on the free Hack Learning mobile app. If you’re a new or veteran educator, you’re sure to face many stumbling blocks. Angela Watson provides a prescription for daily success and joy in this challenging profession.
“Every chapter is AMAZING, filled with wisdom, encouragement, & specific strategies to implement right away.”
— Laura Candler, Teaching Resources
Mobile devices and social media give students unlimited resources and opportunities to build an international network of teachers. With this easy guide, you’ll learn five skills to transform the average learner into a global student.
“It’s a fact that not just our children, but all of us are global learners. So, equipping global educators who are comfortable navigating rapidly shifting digital platforms is vital. Mark Barnes cogently shows this in 5 Skills for the Global Learner, where the emphasis is on building digital skills and digital literacy. This book is a great addition to the Connected Educator’s toolkit.”
— Homa S. Tavangar, Author, Growing Up Global, and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners
Mike Ferry, veteran teacher and parent of four children, demonstrates why everyone should teach happiness and innovation. Humorous, optimistic, and personal, this book offers new ways of thinking about parenting and education and the values our children need to attain. Ferry discusses the importance of perseverance, gratitude, creativity, collaboration, and many other characteristics while offering suggestions to help kids develop them.
Put Teaching Happiness and Innovation in your hands today; it’s available on the free Hack Learning mobile app.
Latest posts by Mark Barnes (see all)
- 5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day - March 8, 2017
- Boomerangs, Inspiration Boards and Seven More Simple Solutions for Teachers and Leaders - January 31, 2017
- 10 Two-Minute Videos That Pave the Way to PBL in Your Classroom - December 30, 2016